LANCASTER – A man was shot to death in Lancaster early Saturday morning, authorities said.
The shooting happened around 12:10 a.m. Saturday in the 700 Block of West Avenue H-7, according to Deputy Peter Gomez of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
The victim, a male Black adult, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Gomez said.
The victim’s name was withheld, pending notification of relatives.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
This is the second shooting death in Lancaster in a little over 24 hours. At 11:37 p.m. Thursday, a woman was shot dead at the Sunrise Apartments at 1251 Meadow View Lane.
The woman’s boyfriend, Ron Hamilton, 47, was arrested for the murder, hours later. As of 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the woman’s name was still being withheld pending next of kin notification. We will have more details on both murders, as they become available.
Updated at 5:30 p.m. 4/21/12: Family members at the scene of the shooting today identified the man shot to death early Saturday morning as Nathen Taylor, 30. They said he was an army veteran who had returned to Lancaster about two years ago after completing three tours of duty. They said he was currently a college student and had never been in trouble with the law or been involved in gangs.
He was sitting in a car outside of his brother’s residence at 733 West Avenue H-7, when a gunman shot at him multiple times, family members said. A neighbor two houses down said she heard about five shots. Family members said he was shot in the head. “He didn’t deserve this, he had just come back from serving his country,” one neighbor said. We will be following this story closely and will have much more details in the days ahead.
Updated at 7 p.m. 4/21/12: The Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau has just released an updated statement on the shooting. It reads:
Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their investigation regarding the shooting death of a man in the 700 block of West Avenue H7, Lancaster that occurred early this morning at 12:10 [a.m.]
Detectives learned that the victim was in the driver’s seat of a parked car in front of the location when several men walked to the car and one of the suspects fired several rounds into the vehicle. The victim was fatally shot in the upper torso.
The suspects then ran from the location. The motive for the shooting is unknown.
There was no else in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.
There is no more information available at this time.